Saturday, May 30

Thursday, May 28

thank you

to all of you who wished me a happy birthday. i appreciate that and it did help to make my birthday happy. :) and i guess i won't feel so bad now even though i am eligible for aarp.

Monday, May 25

What's your

least favorite chain restaurant?

I LOATHE Applebees and would rather starve than visit another one again (for many reasons). My second least favorite has to be Don Pablos. There's a reason that it's always empty.

What place remains open and you just can't fiugre out why?

I usually like to go to mom and pop places, but i live in the middle of planned community bliss (eyeroll) which doesn't lead to much real culture or mom and pop goodness, just cardboard-theme-loudmusic-shitonthewalls-hell.

Sunday, May 24

Good news, bad news

Good news:
The Mentalist is being renewed for the fall season, as are The Office, 30 Rock and NCIS.
There is going to be an NCIS spinoff entitled (wait for it . . . .) NCIS: Los Angeles with Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J. I saw the NCIS episode that premiered the new characters and I wasn't impressed. That blonde long haired chick who played the CSI CSI, then went over to the police side, is going to be the new NCIS leader Macy.

Bad News (for Schell):
My Name is Earl will probably be canceled.

Saturday, May 23

this will come in handy

When you become senile, you won't know it.

Bill Cosby

definition of inappropriate

Convicted child rapist Mary Kay Letourneau is hosting a "Hot for Teacher" night at a bar.
She needs to go away and get some intensive therapy

Friday, May 22

greedy strippers

on my mom's side i have about 35 first cousins, probably more than that, but there are several people i refuse to talk to. one of the males that i like is getting married soon (to a stripper fyi). i said i'd go to the wedding and then persued the gift registry and made a list of what i'd be willing to buy (for white trash, they sure have high ideas of what people should spend on them, why do they need a $200 coffeemaker?).

Today in my mail was an invite to a bridal shower for the bride. Every family bridal shower i've been to has been an occasion to tease the bride and we usually buy gag gifts. for example, one of my sisters is a slob and for her shower, we all bought her cleaning supplies and a kinky french maid's outfit to go with. She also got the standard sex toys etc. However, even though this bride is a stripper (and is VERY pregnant, and yes she's STILL stripping) she asked us all to get her items off the registry, not gag gifts or sex toys/lingerie for the shower as we usually do.

I sat and had a thought and then became miffed. Shouldn't she just be happy that my kin are willing to spend money on her at all at a time when people who were poor at the best of times are really really poor now? I talked to one of my sisters and I decided that If i go to the shower and don't take a gift for the greedy bitch then i'm cheap and if i go to the wedding without a gift, then i'm still cheap. However, i don't like being dictated to about what i will and will not bring someone else or that some newbie can step up and try and change family tradition like that.

the holiday weekend

Doesn't it seem like Memorial Day is way early this year? We have two graduation parties, one bar mitvah, and one 50th bday party. None at my house, but next weekend, we're having a bunch of med students and spouses over for a bbq pot luck, and I still don't have all the pictures on the walls. And right after next weekend, my mom and I are flying to Moline and then renting a car to drive J home from her first year of college. On Facebook, she mentioned that she does and does not want to come home. I understand that ambivalance, but in my heart of hearts, I do wish she was completely excited about being around me 24 hours a day. Who wouldn't? :)

Thursday, May 21

Raising the Ded

Has anyone spoken to Dedlettr recently?  He hasn't appeared on my buddy list in several weeks, maybe even a month, and I'm a little worried.  He may have finally snapped, and moved into that fishing shack on Gay Head with EdwBear, just like they always threatened...

(But seriously, folks, anyone talk to him recently?)

Wednesday, May 20


i have to say, i am quite enjoying the show. there is much entertainment going on. i don't care who wins. danny and lionel sounded great!

Sandwich - Durex Ad

Im so easily amused

Tuesday, May 19


They screwed Kris tonight.  That grossly ugly song of Kara's, plus giving Adam a dramatic choice and making Kris sing the laid-back "What's Going On" did him in.  They just flat decided to give it to Adam.  Jerks.

An interesting website

Do you sometimes read the supposed heights and weights of celebrities, and scratch your head and think "that just doesn't make any sense"?  When someone who is 5'10" claims to weigh 110 pounds, yet doesn't look like a concentration camp victim, it gives me pause.

Anyway, Hallie found this interesting site, where people post photos of themselves on a graph of height and weight.

It certainly can give you a realistic photographic view of what is an appropriate weight for your height, and what a variety of arrangements the human body can come in.  Check it out.

Monday, May 18

Sometimes it happens . . .

The guy I liked won Survivor.

Sunday, May 17

In a nutshell

"President Barack Obama strode head-on Sunday into the stormy abortion debate and told graduates at America's leading Roman Catholic university that both sides must stop demonizing one another.
Obama acknowledged that "no matter how much we want to fudge it ... the fact is that at some level, the views of the two camps are irreconcilable." But he still implored the University of Notre Dame's graduating class and all in the U.S. to stop "reducing those with differing views to caricature. Open hearts. Open minds. Fair-minded words. It's a way of life that always has been the Notre Dame tradition."

Saturday, May 16

From reality to sitcom

Kate and Jon Gosselin is old news . . . . .
The season finale of The Office was Thursday and PAM'S PREGNANT!!!

Friday, May 15

Kate Plus Eight Minus One

I've only seen three episodes, but if you've even seen even one, you'll understand, and perhaps even have empathy with Jon of "Jon & Kate Plus Eight" and his supposed infidelity. Kate The Shrieker. Although, if you have eight kids all under the age of 12, I can understand her shriekiness.
Does this make sense?
And just because you and your spouse have a boatload of kids--does that entitle you to a television show?

Thursday, May 14

urban dictionary

Reader's Block
May 12

Related to Writer's Block, this is when you cannot, for the life of you, pick up a book and read it. Sure, you may be able to read a paragraph or two, or maybe even a page, but you don't retain anything of what you just read or have the attention span and/or will to go on. This is common for those who have ADD, are in possession of garbage literature, or are just so exhausted from having to read so many books during school/college that reading anything else, even for pleasure, has become impossible. To those who love to read, this is worse than heart disease and cancer combined.
Eddie - Hey, man, I see you're reading McCarthy's The Road. Nice.

Nerdlinger - I'm trying to read it, but I got this damn reader's block! I'm 20 pages in but I don't remember anything. Fuck!
I recognise this as something I get more and more often

Wednesday, May 13


Well, that sucked out the ass, eh? :(

go danny go

it is down to the final three. i am on the edge of my seat. i want my home town boy to go to the final 2.

The Last Word on My Weblog

Would whichever Old Broard has God-like powers please update the link to my blog? I'm going to keep as my blog from now on.

Tuesday, May 12

My Weblog

OK, the Wordpress people are working on getting the issue of me not being able to update my weblog at; but for now, there is what I choose to call a 'mirror weblog' at, which has updates since May 9th. (I am hoping that at some point I will be able to sign into my original weblog, once Wordpress figures out what's wrong; so don't change your bookmarks just yet.)

Monday, May 11

Hilarious website

Why didn't I think of doing this?  I have a huge stack of awkward family photos to contribute to their collection.  Don't we all?

My Blog on Involuntary Hiatus

I am very frustrated with the people; I am currently unable to sign on to my account, as I keep being told that my user name is invalid. And it is difficult in the extreme to get support from, as one has to be signed in (!) to access the Support pages. However, I have sent a few Emails, and hope to have things updated in a day or two. (Patience, my pretties, and pay no attention to the woman ranting and raving at her nonresponsive signin page.)

Sunday, May 10

at least jack never did this

of course I don't own a million pound mansion for him to do it on click here

Saturday, May 9

Happy Pre-Birthday to Gail!

It's Gail's Birthday week.
Have a happy birthday and many many more!
Are you planning something special?

lamenting expectations

Spidey and orbie had a great conversation about expectations of mother's day. i think it was at orb's blog. I don't have many expectations for holiday occasions anymore, that's part of being an adult. However, and there's always a however it seems, my guy spent most of the day telling me what an awesome surprise he had for me. therefore, i suddenly had expectations. i love surprises. i was never surprised growing up. it was always my job to help my mom christmas shop because i can keep my mouth shut. one year my mom took one of my sisters instead so i could have a surprise, and she told everyone what they got ahead of time.

i get excited when there's a surprise for me. i can't help it. So expectations were mounting all day. i sat through several hours of dinner with my guy's parents at a buffet place. I was ready for my great expectations to be met at this point. when i got my surprise, it wasn't a present for me, it was a present for him. he bought a cordless mouse which i have no need for, but he does. i didn't even smile, i just said "thanks" and put it back in the plastic staples bad. he didn't even put it in a gift bag.

i agree with orb and maybe for now on i should just get mandolin a gift, because she's the reason i get to be a mom, and not expect anything for me even when i'm told to. i plan to return the cordless mouse tomorrow and maybe buy myself or the baby something instead.

on another note, he sent my mom two dozen roses even though i haven't talked to my mom in months, so at least someone got a lovely surprise without any expectations.

Friday, May 8

american idol

It is a huge deal around here today with danny gokey in the final three. he is the hometown boy, so there is a parade and a free concert this afternoon. he is singing the national anthem tonight at the brewers baseball game. people are going crazy.

Thursday, May 7

New blog

Hey everyone, BF and I have a new blog, check it out when you get a chance, I'm trying to get followers with this one :)

Wednesday, May 6

Horse race

Greatest horse race: War Admiral vs Seabiscuit

good time to plug the book Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand. I absolutely loved that book

RIP, Marilyn French

You changed the world.  You opened my eyes.  (And you also depressed the hell out of me.)  

Taught Me Purple

My mother taught me purple 
Although she never wore it. 
Wash-gray was her circle, 
The tenement her orbit. 
My mother taught me golden 
And held me up to see it, 
Above the broken molding, 
Beyond the filthy street. 
My mother reached for beauty 
And for its lack she died, 
Who knew so much of duty 
She could not teach me pride.

Evelyn Toley Hunt

Tuesday, May 5

what our mothers taught us.


1.. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE.
"If you're going to kill each other, do it outside.
I just finished cleaning."

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.
"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL .
"If you don't straighten up, I'm going to knock you
into the middle of next week!"

4. My mother taught me LOGIC .
" Because I said so, that's why."

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC.
"If you fall out of that swing and break your neck,
you're not going to the store with me."

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT.
"Make sure you wear clean underwear,
in case you're in an accident ."

7. My mother taught me IRONY.
"Keep crying, and I'll give you something to cry about."

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS.
"Shut your mouth and eat your supper."

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM .
"Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!"

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA.
"You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone."

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER.
"This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it."

12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY.
"If I told you once, I've told you a million times.
Don't exaggerate!"

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE .
"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION.
"Stop acting like your father!"

15. My mother taught me about ENVY.
"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world
who don't have wonderful parents like you do."

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION.
"Just wait until we get home."

17.. My mother taught me about RECEIVING .
"You are going to get it when you get home!"

18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE .
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going
to get stuck that way."

19. My mother taught me ESP.
"Put your sweater on; don't you think
I know when you are cold?"

20. My mother taught me HUMOR.
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes,
don't come running to me."

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT.
"If you don't eat your vegetables, you'll never grow up."

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.
"You're just like your father."

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS .
"Shut that door behind you. Do you think
you were born in a barn?"

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.
"When you get to be my age, you'll understand."

25. And my favorite: My mother taught me about JUSTICE.
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you.

Monday, May 4

Breaking Bad

Is anyone watching this AMC weekly tv show?  It's in its second season this year, and it's absolutely terrific.

The basic premise is that Walt White, nerdy, underpaid high school chemistry teacher with a bossy wife and an adorable high school son who has cerebral palsy, passes out while working at his second job at a car wash, and wakes in the emergency room to find that he has terminal, inoperable lung cancer.  The impoverished and under-insured family has also recently discovered that the wife is pregnant with a surprise mid-life baby, due in several months.

At about this point in time, Walt goes for a ride-along with his braggadocio bro-in-law, a smart-aleck DEA agent.  In the course of his ride-along, Walt happens to observe a suburban meth bust, and sees that a former loser student of his, Jesse Pinkton, is the guy who was doing the cooking.  Jesse departs out a second floor window and gets away and Walt keeps mum, but asks the bro-in-law just how much money you can make selling meth.  The answer stuns Walt, and within a few days, he conceives a plan to start cooking and selling meth himself, to provide for the baby he doesn't expect to live to see.  He recruits the hilariously stupid Jesse( whoin turn recruits his even dumber friends as salesmen), as his sidekick, and between them, they instantly get into big trouble in the nasty underworld of drugs lords, gangs and the DEA.

Complicating matters is the fact that Walt, with his superior knowledge of chemistry (he has shared in a Nobel prize with some past colleagues), creates meth of such hugely superior quality that it instantly creates an uproar both in the drug world and in the DEA.

Watch a few episodes, and you'll be hooked!  The first season is available on DVD.  It's on Sunday nights on AMC.

My blog

So for some reason my blog is always listed at the end of the blogroll and doesn't show when I've updated it and no one is reading it :( What happened???

Saturday, May 2

kentucky derby

i am a fan of watching the kentucky derby. i don't make any bets, except for the buck i bet with bigjoe.

however, i am a curse for the horse i pick. two years in a row, the horses i picked broke a leg or an ankle.

here is my pick for this year..... number 7 papa clem.

let's see if i can break the curse.

Friday, May 1

Second generation "on the shelf"

This was taken in March at a Borders store. I came across it today and it made me feel better.
I have a sinus infection, with some ear infection action and a fever and have spent the past few days sleeping non-stop while pushing cats off me.
I'm supposed to go see my sexy Italian hairdresser tomorrow and I'm not sure if it's going to happen.